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Frequently Asked Questions About Osteopathy

What should I Wear?
To carry out a thorough medical exam you will be asked to undress down to your underwear, so please wear something you feel comfortable in.

Can I Bring a friend or relative?
Yes, if you would feel more comfortable someone can be present throughout your consultation and treatment. There is also a separate area where they can wait during the treatment.

Can all ages be treated?
Yes treatment is for all ages, even newborns, however children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Does it hurt?
Some techniques used may cause discomfort during the treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain.  You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy healing response to the treatment.

Do I need to see my doctor or GP first?
You do not need to see your doctor first. Patients with private medical health insurance may need a referral letter from their GP. Please check with your insurers as they have different polices. if you are unsure please feel free to speak to our Osteopath before booking a consult.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else

Are home visits available?
If required home visits are available within a 10 mile radius, (an additional call out fee of £20 charged).

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary care profession which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the effects of these conditions on patients' general health. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness

What training do Osteopaths have?
To be an Osteopath, students study full time for 4 years to receive a bachelor’s degree in Osteopahy (BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed) or a master’s degree (M.Ost). After graduating Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their professional careers, by completing at least 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) per year.

Can anyone call themselves an Osteopath?
The title 'Osteopath' is protected by law, and only those included on the Register are entitled to practise as osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.

Ryes Valley Osteopaths is registered with the General Osteopathic Council  

Find an Osteopath at www.osteopathy.org